Local athletes made waves at Sunday’s Ironman Triathlon in Penticton.
Leading the way was pro Janelle Morrison, who despite a number of setbacks during the race, clocked 1:05 on the swim leg, 5:21 on the bike, and 3:17 on the run. Morrison’s time just under 9:49 was ten minutes better than her effort last year, and was good for third place among all females.
Also impressing was Barb Polehoykie, in her second appearance at the Canadian Ironman. Barb finished the race in a time of 12 hours. 52 minutes.
And, in his first crack at the race, Blizzard Floyd Polehoykie managed to complete the race, coming in at a little over 16 hours.
Floyd joined Moose FM’s Jon Zacks for an interview – (runs 3:30)
Dawson Creek’s Trevor Kolkea, who won the FSJ triathlon the past couple of years, also showed well, finishing in 9 hours, 49 minutes – he actually finished directly behind Janelle Morrison.
The overall race winner was Jordan Rapp, who recently moved from New York to Penticton to train. He crossed the finish line in 8 hours, 25 minutes.
The annual Ironman Triathlon features a 3.8 k swim, 180 k bike, and 42 k marathon under the hot Okanagan skies.
Of the 2600 hundred participants this year, at least 220 of them did not finish the gruelling race, and a 66 year-old man died.